Android

‘OK Google’ commands: Complete list

What with Google Now, use voice commands to create reminders, get help with trivia questions, and, yes more!

“Ok Google” voice search & actions

For Android devices

You can use your voice to do things like search, get directions, and create reminders. For example, say “Ok Google, do I need an umbrella tomorrow” to see if there’s rain in the weather forecast.

Turn on voice search

  1. Open the Google app Google Search.
  2. At the top left, tap Menu Menuand then Settings and then Voice and then “Ok Google” Detection.
  3. From here, you can choose when you want your phone to listen when you say “Ok Google.”

Start a voice search

  1. Open the Google app Google Search.
  2. Say “Ok Google” or tap Microphone .

Ways you can use your voice

If voice search is available in your language or your country, you can say most of these examples but some aren’t available in every language.

For iPhone/iPad

Turn on voice search

  1. Open the Google app Google Search.
  2. In the top left corner of the home screen, tap your photo. (If you’re looking at Now cards, scroll up to the top of the page.)
  3. Tap Voice Search.
  4. From here, you can change settings like your language and whether you want to have a voice search start when you say “Ok Google.”
  5. Tap Done.

Start a voice search

  1. Open the Google app Google Search.
  2. Say “Ok Google” or tap Microphone .

Ways to use your voice

If voice search is available in your language or your country, you can say most of these examples but some aren’t available in every language. Note: You need to have your Google app Feed turned on for some of these examples to work.

And, with update from Google, the voice assistant’s response will sound more natural than ever.





Check a long list of OK, Google commands to help you get more done with just your voice.

There are two ways to say a command.

  • Newer Android devices, just say “OK Google,” followed by a question or task. For example, if I wanted to know the weather, I could say “OK Google, what’s the weather like today?” and a few seconds later Google Now would provide the forecast.
  • Tap on the microphone button in the Google search bar, and skip the “OK, Google” portion of the conversation. If the search bar isn’t on a home screen, swipe right from the primary home screen to see Google Now.

If “OK, Google” isn’t working for you, make sure that feature is enabled. Head to the Google Now app, go to Menu > Settings > Voice > “OK Google” detection.

The complete list of Google commands

“OK, Google”




The basics

  • Open [app name]. Example: “Open Gmail.”
  • Go to [website]. Ex.: “Go to google.com.”
  • Call [contact name]. Ex.: “Call Mom.”
  • Text or Send text to [contact name]. Ex.: “Text Wife I’m running late.”
  • Email or Send email. Ex.: “Email Wife subject Hi message I’m running late, sorry.” You can also add CC and BCC recipients.
  • Note to self [contents of note].
  • Start a list for [list name].
  • Send Hangout message to [contact name].
  • Remind me to [do a task]. Ex.: “Remind me to get dog food at Target,” will create a location-based reminder. “Remind me to take out the trash tomorrow morning,” will give you a time-based reminder.
  • Show me my pictures from [location]. Ex.: “Show me my pictures from San Francisco.”
  • Show me my last messages. This will present a list of recent messages, and read them to you, giving you a chance to reply.
  • Create a calendar event or Schedule an appointment. Ex.: “Create appointment Go on a walk tomorrow at 10 a.m.”
  • Set an alarm for [specific time, or amount of time]. Ex.: “Set alarm for 10 a.m.” Or “Set alarm for 20 minutes from now.”
  • Set a timer for [X] minutes.
  • Show me my calendar.
  • When’s my next meeting?
  • Where is my next meeting?
  • Post to Twitter.
  • Post to Google+
  • Show me [app category] apps. Ex.: “Show me gaming apps.”
  • Start a run.
  • Show me emails from [contact name].

Search

  • Basic search queries. Ex.: “Mountain bikes.”
  • When is [special event]. Ex.: “When is the next eclipse?” or “When is Easter in 2018?”
  • Define [word].
  • Synonyms for [word].
  • Who is [person’s name]?
  • How do I [task]? Ex.: “How do I make an Old Fashioned cocktail?” or “How do I fix a hole in my wall?”
  • How tall is [person, landmark, building]?
  • Show me pictures of [object or person]. Ex.: “What does Mount Everest look like?” or “Show me pictures of kittens.”
  • What sound does [animal] make?
  • Etymology of [word].
  • What is [phrase]? Ex.: “What is YOLO?”
  • What’s the phone number of [business name]?
  • What’s the weather like? Alternative phrases such as “Do I need an umbrella?” or “Is it going to be hot tomorrow?” will return weather forecasts.
  • What’s the stock price of [company name or stock ticker]?
  • Math calculations. Ex.: “What is 2.65 percent of 2,045?”

Navigation

  • Take me home.
  • Take me to work.
  • What’s the traffic like on the way to work?
  • Map of [city or specific location in a city]. Ex.: “Map of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.”
  • Where is [business name or location]?
  • Directions or Navigate to [address, name, business name, type of business, or other destination].
  • How do I get to [destination] by [walking, bike, bus, train, etc.]?
  • How far is [address, city, or other location]?
  • Where is the nearest [business type? Ex.: “Where is the nearest fast-food restaurant?” or “Nearby gas stations.”

Entertainment

  • Sports updates. Ex.: “Who are the Broncos playing next?” or “Did the Nuggets win last night?”
  • Sports scores.
  • Naming a sports team or athlete will bring up general information about the team or person. Ex.: “Steph Curry” or “LA Kings”
  • Show me the trailer for [movie title].
  • Play me a video of [random idea]. Ex.: “Show me a video of someone opening a can without a can opener.”
  • Find out what song is playing. What is this song? or Who is this?
  • Listen to [type of music, playlist, song, artist, album]. Ex.: “Listen to workout playlist.”
  • Movie showtimes. What’s playing? or Movies nearby.
  • If a song is playing, ask questions about the artist. For instance, “Where is she from?” (Android 6.0 Marshmallow)
  • Play [X song] by [X artist] on Spotify.




Random tips and tricks

  • Show me gift ideas for [holiday, special occasion].
  • Give me a love quote.
  • What does the fox say?
  • Say “Metronome” to start a metronome.
  • Ask for medical information. Ex: “What is a torn meniscus?”
  • How many calories are in [insert food item]?
  • When will my package arrive? (This assumes a tracking number is found in your Gmail account.)
  • Do a barrel roll.
  • Roll a die.
  • Flip a coin.
  • Play Pacman.
  • What is your favorite color?

Control phone and adjust settings

  • Take a selfie.
  • Take a picture.
  • Turn on my flashlight.
  • Turn on/off [Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC].
  • Find my phone. You can do this on a computer using Chrome to find, and play a sound on your lost phone.
  • Increase/decrease brightness.
  • Increase/decrease volume.

Travel

  • Translate [phrase or word] to [language]. Ex.: “Translate where is the bathroom to German.”
  • Show me [honeymoon, California, France, etc.] destinations.
  • Looking for [food type, restaurant name].
  • When viewing details for a restaurant, you can say “Show me the menu” to bring up a menu.
  • What time is it in [city]?
  • Currency conversion. Ex.: “How much is 100 Euros worth in dollars?”
  • Is my flight on time? Assuming your flight information is in your Gmail account.
  • Show me my flight info. Again, assuming your flight information is in your Gmail account.
  • What does flight [airline and flight number] land/take off?
  • How late is [business name] open?
  • What time does [business name] open?
  • Is [business name] open right now?
  • To learn more about your surroundings, you can ask things like “What is the name of this place?” or “Show me movies at this place” or “Who built this bridge?”

Account, privacy, and search

Change your account settings: “Open Google account settings.”
See your search history: “Show my Google search history.”
Change your privacy settings: “Adjust my Google privacy settings.”
Change your security settings: “Adjust my Google security settings.”

Set a reminder: “Remind me to call John at 6 PM” or “Remind me to buy Belgian chocolate at Ghirardelli Square.”

Create a Google Calendar event: “Create a calendar event for dinner in San Francisco, Saturday at 7 PM.”

Check your schedule: “What’s my day look like tomorrow?” or “When is my next meeting?”

Find new music: “What songs do Mumford and Sons sing?”

Find a movie: “What movies are playing tonight?” or “Where’s Hunger Games playing?”

Search for images: “Show me pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge.”

 

Find the time: “What time is it in London?”

Check the weather: “Do I need a jacket today?” or “What’s the weather like tomorrow morning?”

Answer trivia questions: “Where was Albert Einstein born?” or “How old is Beyonce?”

Get stock prices: “What’s the Google stock price?” (Disclaimer about financial data)

Calculate the tip: “What’s the tip for 42 dollars?”

Translate words or phrases: “How do you say cucumber in Spanish?”

Define a word: “What does gluttony mean?”

Convert between units: “What’s 16 ounces in pounds?”

Solve a math problem: “What’s the square root of 2209?”

Track a package from your Gmail order confirmation: “Where’s my package?”

 

Turn off “Ok Google” completely

If you turn off this setting, Google won’t respond when you say “Ok Google.” To turn off “Ok Google” voice search and actions:

  1. Open the Google app Google Search.
  2. On the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Settings.
  3. Tap Voice and then “Ok Google” detection.
  4. Turn off “From the Google app.”

Limit “Ok Google”

You can change your setting so that “Ok Google” works only when your device has:

  • The Google app open
  • The Google widget on the Home screen

To turn off “Ok Google” detection outside the Google app & Google widget:

  1. Open the Google app Google Search.
  2. On the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Settings.
  3. Tap Voice and then “Ok Google” detection.
  4. Turn off “Always on” or “From any screen.”

Use voice search without “Ok Google”

To use voice search and actions without turning on “Ok Google,” go to the search bar and tap the Microphone .

 

Requirements

Your Android device needs to have:

 

Manage Google Voice & Audio Activity

You can let Google save a recording of your voice and other audio to your Google Account by turning on Voice & Audio Activity.

What’s saved in your Voice & Audio Activity

Google records your voice and other audio, plus a few seconds before, when you use audio activations like:

  • Saying commands like “Ok Google”
  • Tapping the microphone icon

Your audio is saved to your account only when you’re signed in and Voice & Audio Activity is turned on. Audio can be saved even when your device is offline.

Note: Not all apps support saving audio to your account.

How Voice & Audio Activity improves your experience

To help you get better results using your voice, Google uses your Voice & Audio Activity to:

  • Learn the sound of your voice
  • Learn how you say words and phrases
  • Recognize when you say “Ok Google”
  • Improve speech recognition across Google products that use your voice

Turn Voice & Audio Activity on or off

  1. Visit the Activity controls page. You may be asked to sign in to your Google Account.
  2. Turn the switch on or off.

When Voice & Audio Activity is off, voice inputs won’t be saved to your Google Account, even if you’re signed in. Instead, they may only be saved using anonymous identifiers.

See or delete your Voice & Audio Activity

Your Voice & Audio Activity is private, and can only be seen if you’re signed in to your Google Account.

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